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2014 Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Detroit

Metro-Detroit Irish Pubs, Parades, Events, 'Danny Boy' Marathons


The Metro-Detroit area has plenty of opportunity to go Irish for the holiday. The 2014 Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Detroit will give you plenty of information about Irish pubs, parades, festivals, events, Danny Boy marathons, history, recipes and more.


There are several parades taking place across the Metro area in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, including:

Detroit: Now in its 56th year, Detroit's St. Patrick's Parade will take place at noon on Sunday, March 16th. It runs along Michigan Avenue in Corktown and features Nora Tom and Bridie Flynn as the Grand Marshals. The Corktown Races precede the parade and include a Kids Quarter Mile at 9:30 AM,  the Dublin Dash Mile at 9:40 AM, and the Cork Town Race at 10 AM. The parade includes floats, pipe & drum bands, and novelty groups.

Flint: On Monday, March 17th, the City of Flint hosts a St. Patrick's Day Celebration, including a 12:02 PM Mass at St. Michael's Church and a Family Walk to the Party at Catholic Charities -- Flint. The party includes Irish dancing, food and live entertainment. There is also a St. Patrick's Day Pot O' Gold Road Race at 5:30 PM.

Port Huron: CelticFest 2014 celebrates all things Irish and includes several events over a two-week period. The individual events are located at venues across Port Huron and include a breakfast (2/28), Irish Drinking Song Contest (3/9), Irish Tea (3/12), Grand Marshal's Parade Party (3/14), Leprechaun Loop 5K & 10K Runs (3/15), Parade (3/15), PubCrawl (3/15), Banquet (3/16), and United Way Breakfast (3/17).

Royal Oak: On Saturday, March 8th at 11:30 AM, Royal Oak will host a St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade includes floats, dancers, bagpipes and community groups. The route runs along Washington Avenue. A three-mile Lucky Dash precedes the parade and starts at 10:45 AM.


There are several parties, celebrations and runs taking place across the Metro-Detroit area in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, including:

Ann Arbor: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub hosts a 5K run/walk known as Shamrocks & Shenanigans on March 9th. The Kids Dash starts at 9 AM, Kids Kilometer at 9:15 AM, and the 5K Run/Walk at 9:45 AM.

Birmingham: The Holy Name Church hosts the Motor City Lyric Opera Patricktide on March 15th at 7 PM. The event includes Celtic music, poetry and dance.

Dearborn: The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center hosts A Wee Bit O' Irish by the Motor City Brass Band on Sunday, March 16th at 3 PM.

Detroit: The Gaelic League / Irish American Club in Detroit hosts the Painting of the Shamrocks on Friday, March 14th at 11 AM. It also opens at 7 AM for the Parade Day Celebration on March 16th and at 10 AM for a St. Patrck's Celebration on March 17th.

Sterling Heights: The American Polish Century Club hosts its 9th Annual Patrick / Joseph Party on Saturday, March 15th at 6 PM. Cost is $25 per person. The event features food, wine, domestic beer, and cash bar, as well as Polish and Irish Music & Dancing.

Windsor: The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor is hosting Danny Bhoy in concert on March 22nd.

Irish Pubs and Restaurants

Whether your pleasure is Scotch Eggs, Shepherd's Pie, authentic digs and/or rowdy jigs, this list of Irish pubs and restaurants should point you in the right direction for the holiday.

Irish Societies in Detroit

Information about everything Irish in Detroit -- festivals, organizations, dances, books, history, stores -- is available through either The Gaelic League or DetroitIrish.org of greater Detroit and Michigan.

Irish Neighborhoods: Corktown

Corktown used to be home to the old Tiger Stadium.
Photo © Derek Karr

Immigrants from Ireland in the mid 1800s settled predominantly in Corktown, a neighborhood just south of downtown Detroit that is better known as home to old Tiger Stadium. The Irish history still gives the neighborhood character and charm. Corktown's history, both Irish and otherwise, is chronicled in Detroit's Corktown.

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Ferndale's 'Danny Boy' Marathon: 'In Sunlight or in Shadow'

AJ's Music Cafe in Ferndale
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When you're the Guinness World Record holder in 2008 for the most continuous singing of the song Danny Boy, there is no point in trying to one up yourself  -- of course, maybe there is a limit to how many versions of the song the patrons of AJ's Music Cafe in Ferndale should have to endure. Even if you missed the Danny Boy marathon, the event is memorialized in a book by Karen Wilhelm called In Sunlight or in Shadow. AJ's Music Cafe went in another direction in 2009 by hosting the 240-hour Assembly Line Concert. It was such a success that the event was repeated in 2010.

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If you want to do more than wear green for St. Patrick's Day, you can make the holiday about the food. Here are a few recipes of authentic Irish dishes:

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